Press release20.11.2002 A team of Danish documentarists, producers, promotion and sales managers will attend the International Documentary Film Festivial (IDFA) opening 22 November in Amsterdam. In 2001 Danish documentary film was endowed with IDFA's principal award, the Joris Ivens Award for Phie Ambo and Sami Saif's feature length film "Family". This year at Amsterdam Phie Ambo will be participating as a member of IDFA's prestigious International Jury. Danish documentary films participating in the various programmes are as follows: Jørgen Leth's Bech and Angel produced "New Scenes from America" will compete in the SILVER WOLF COMPETITION. This film, shot in September 2001, is a follow-up on Leth's 1981 film "66 Scenes from America". Appearances are made by poet John Ashbery, composer John Cale, actor Dennis Hopper and photographer Robert Frank. John Anderson of Newsday described the film as "a subjective, New York-centric, eccentric tour of the United States that ... doesn't need to please, doesn't strive to, but simply goes about its business (or art) ...". The programme REFLECTING IMAGES has selected two documentaries: Jesper Jargil's "The Purified", a film which challenges the four Dogme directors, their faith in and evasions of their own dogma; and Phie Ambo's "Growing Up in a Day", a story about two siblings in Zambia whose lives suddenly take a turn, changing their destiny dramatically. The children's film programme KIDS & DOCS have selected three films: "Miga's Journey" by René Bo Hansen, a compelling story about street children in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, and a young boy's search for his sister. "Little Hands" by Katrine Talks, who shares with her audience the silent world of deaf children and their remarkable language. "See My World" by Jens Bangskjær, about a day in the life of a seven-year-old girl. Bangskjær's film belongs to a series of films for and about children around the world; films designed to familiarize children with the lives of their peers in other countries. Two films will be pitched at FORUM (Europe's largest gathering of television commissioning editors and independent documentary producers): Rasmus Thorsen of Cosmo Film and director Jeppe Rønde's project "The Jerusalem Syndrome", which delves, on the one hand, into the uncompromising nature of faith found in Jerusalem, and on the other, into the nature of faith itself. Thomas Stenderup of Final Cut Production and director Frode Højer Pedersen will pitch Holmboe, a story that attempts to trace the fate of adventurer and idealist Knud Holmboe who disappeared in the desert on his way to Mecca in 1931. At Amsterdam the Danish Film Film Institute will be promoting six films at DOCS FOR SALE, five of the above titles as well as Katrine Østlund Jacobsen's Barok Film produced "Night Walker" which dwells on the memories and nocturnal life of a retired circus queen. The hard-hitting realistic South African-Danish co-production "When the War is Over", directed by Francois Verster and produced by Undercurrent Film & Television and the Danish company Tju-Bang Film, will be competing in the Silver Wolf Competition alongside Jørgen Leth's film "New Scenes from America". Verster's film has also been supported by the Danish Film Institute. The DFI's magazine FILM #25 is now published. This is a special issue in English, published as an accompaniment to the promotion of Danish documentaries at the Amsterdam festival. This magazine is available at the web-address below. Together with producers, directors and sales agents, the DFI team promoting documentary film at festivals worldwide - Anne Marie Kürstein and Annette Lønvang - will be present at the European Film Market to assist you in any way possible. We wish you a warm welcome at screenings of Danish documentaries in Amsterdam. For further informationDFI Amsterdam site: www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/index_english.asp?pid=12290 Festivals Anne Marie Kürstein t +45 3374 3609 email@example.comAnnette Lønvang t +45 3374 3437 firstname.lastname@example.org Press and InformationLars Fiil-Jensen t +45 3374 3559 email@example.comAgnete Dorph Stjernfelt t +45 3374 3505 firstname.lastname@example.orgVicki Synnott t +45 3374 3438 email@example.com
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